Liv Kristine explains the story behind the track Sigrlinn

Liv Kristine: “When Thorsten [Bauer, guitar] presented his first idea of this song [Sigrlinn], I immediately knew that it had to be sung in Norwegian.

"I chose nynorsk, which is next to bokmaal, one of two official Norwegian written standard languages in Norway.

"I chose the title Sigrlinn for one single reason: phonetically, there is a ‘sweet’ and traditional sound to the name, which is perfect for my 'sung’ poem. I would call it romantic poetry, written in dialogical form between the protagonists Sigrlinn and Sveinung, and the narrating choir or the narrating single voice.

"For Alex [Krull, male vocals], it meant hard work to sing in Norwegian 'dialect’ (both my sister Carmen and myself supervising him — poor Alex!). However, by the help of phonetic transcription he mastered this task perfectly! Even I had to get used to the thought of singing a complete lyrical piece in my mother tongue. I would say that it makes the song even more personal.

"It felt very important and comfortable to have my sister singing with me (Thank you, my dear Carmen)!

"Thematically, my poem presents the married couple Sigrlinn and Sveinung, living by the fjord. Sveinung leaves his wife for the sake of bringing home more goods, which might be heroic, however, there is no happy end to his journey. Bad weather, the harsh mountainous landscape, Froeya and the three-headed troll play the decisive role to his fate.”


Sigrlinn - Leaves Eyes
Meredead (2011)

I’m going to rant and rave and generally fangirl a bit about this song. I adore this song. This is the first song written by Liv Kristine completely in her native tongue, and the only song on Meredead that features Alexander Krull’s growls. Liv Kristine wrote about Sigrlinn here and translated it into English, and it’s such a gorgeous translation!

I have a fondness for love songs, but not the pop “oh baby baby” ones. Oversaturation? Maybe. But I like doomed love ballads like this. Ones that have two people declaring their love for each other, but because of forces outside their control, it’s not meant to be.

It’s my second favorite song on Meredead by far, and it’s only because nothing can unseat Etain, but oh does it sit very close under it.

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